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Straight Baths: The Traditional Option
Acting as a centrepiece for your bathroom, a straight bath in any property will add instant value and make the selling process much easier, especially to families with small children.
Whilst you can’t beat the convenience of a having a shower, you can never find a true replacement for a long relaxing soak.
Single Ended Vs. Double Ended:
The straight bath is the most traditional design found in homes and they are available in two types: single or double ended, but what’s the difference?
- Single Ended Baths: This versatile design allows you to bathe at one end and shower at the other end.
- Double Ended Baths: Sloped at both ends, they offer you the freedom to bathe at whatever end you please.
Whichever style you choose, you’ll find ample space to bathe and relax in luxury. To give you control over which type of tap you can use and maximum flexibility of where to situate it, many of our baths don’t have any pre-drilled tap holes.
Which Material Should You Choose: Acrylic or Steel?
After choosing what style you want, the next important consideration is the material; this will influence the ambience of your straight bath and effect the way it retains heat.
The majority of baths sold at Splashdirect have been made from acrylic, but we also stock a number made from steel: most notably from German manufacturer Kaldewei. But what’s the difference ?
- Acrylic: Acrylic is a modern material used for bath manufacturing. The surface is non-porous and, as such, does not harbour any germs, bacteria or mildew. The surface is also easy to clean and requires little maintenance. Therefore, offering excellent quality and great value for money.
- Steel: Stronger than iron, plastic or even marble, steel is the most durable option available. Steel baths retain their colour well, even when scrubbed. As with acrylic, the unique surface of steel ensures it’s easy to clean and will not become a breeding ground for germs or bacteria.
In all baths, water will cool and require a top-up from time to time. While acrylic is initially warmer to the touch, steel is a better conductor and is more superior at retaining heat, allowing you to bathe in heated water for longer. Therefore, making it the economical option.
However, it is worth bearing in mind steel baths are often heavy and require a sturdy base to rest on.
Installing Your Bath:
Installing a straight bath doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With a little pre-planning, a little expert advice and all the right tools, you’ll have no problem.
In first instance always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines, but to make life easier we have created a guide on ‘How to Install a Bath in 10 Easy Steps. This has been created for you to use as a secondary reference for when things get particularly confusing.